“By the scope of tasks, the breakthrough and the significance for the country, I believe that the program of developing genetic technologies is comparable to the 20th century atomic and space projects,” Putin said at a meeting on developing genetic technologies in Russia this month.
Because of its importance, “the entire management system and the program structure must correspond to this high level and be organized in a way so as not simply to create the scientific groundwork but to convert it, and moreover, as quickly as possible, into practical results, into real technologies and products competitive both in Russia and abroad,” the Russian leader added.
“Each of them [the three centres] is set to operate as a consortium of research institutes, universities, production and innovation companies, and moreover, from Novosibirsk to Crimea,” Putin said.
Rosneft, the state-owned oil company will be the program’s main technological partner, TASS reported. Heads of other companies were requested to join the mainstream, as it is called, and key areas of development, using their financial resources.